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After failing to win their Money in the Bank qualifying matches on last week’s Raw, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and AJ Styles were set to battle in a last chance qualifier on Monday night. Unfortunately, Orton wasn’t able to compete, leaving his new tag team partner to try to carry him to the upcoming ladder match.
Riddle stepped in for Orton, successfully appealing to WWE officials to allow him to compete on Orton’s behalf. After qualifying successfully for himself last week, Riddle wasn’t quite able to pull out the win for his friend, instead falling to McIntyre’s Claymore in the main event of the night.
CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from the ThunderDome inside Yuengling Center in Tampa.
The show began with the announcement that Randy Orton was unable to compete due to circumstances beyond WWE’s control and a battle royal would be held to determine the third man in the night’s triple threat. Riddle successfully appealed to compete on Orton’s behalf, entering the show-opening battle royal. During the match, Drew Gulak pinned Akira Tozawa to win the 24/7 title, R-Truth pinned Gulak to win the belt and then Tozawa scored a pin to leave with the title. The match came down to Riddle and Damian Priest as the final two before Riddle was able to secure the win and advance to the triple threat.
Drew McIntyre def. AJ Styles and Riddle in a Money in the Bank qualifier. During the lengthy match, Riddle pulled out some Orton moves — he earlier in the night claimed that for the match he was Orton — including Orton’s trademark hanging DDT. Riddle kicked the ring steps during the match, leading him to be taken off by WWE officials as he cried out that he couldn’t let Orton down. It was Styles and McIntyre one-on-one until Riddle limped back to the ring with his foot and ankle taped up. Styles tried to hit Riddle with a Phenomenal Forearm, but Riddle countered with a jumping knee and an RKO. Before the referee could count to three, Omos pulled Styles from the ring and McIntyre hit Riddle with a Claymore to score the win and advance to Money in the Bank.
Riddle’s story through the night was great, between his competitive nature and the goofy comedy bits, he really got a chance to shine and delivered in big ways. Unfortunately, McIntyre is the least interesting option for inclusion in the Money in the Bank match and his new character trait of telling stories from history and how they relate to his current situation is a nightmare decision by the Raw writing room. Still, full credit for the matches and Riddle’s work. Grade: B+
What. A. Match.@DMcIntyreWWE is going to #MITB and just Claymored his way into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match on #WWERaw! pic.twitter.com/6tCXXbBe1l
A crushing CLAYMORE seals the deal for @DMcIntyreWWE and gets him the win!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/7KEKvTLeEH
DO IT FOR RANDY!@SuperKingofBros cares THIS much about @RandyOrton. ❤️#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/WEHVsHQJDY
The price of competing barefoot… @SuperKingofBros throws caution to the wind and pays for it with an excruciating injury. #WWERaw #MITB @DMcIntyreWWE @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/OMay53YxnF
I don’t know if anyone has a deeper, high impact moveset than @AJStylesOrg and I can’t remember ever seeing him do this before. If he has, it’s rarely used.
Outstanding #WWERaw main event. https://t.co/2y5PFyr030
Next Level Nikki!!!!! 🦋⚡️🦋⚡️🦋⚡️ https://t.co/D1LxBnY7Ih
NO NO NO NO NOOOOOO!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/DUgjbqNEOU
WHAT THE?!@AJStylesOrg continues to amaze in @WWE.#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/0SxtfCSDUo
HE’S GOING TO THAT PLACE AGAIN! 🐍#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/BHXTqNXPkS
.@SuperKingofBros and @AJStylesOrg send @DMcIntyreWWE CRASHING through the announce table! #WWERaw #MITB pic.twitter.com/weYRiU2B7p
MAN, SIT YO SELF DOWN!@AJStylesOrg has those veteran instincts and it may spell disaster for @DMcIntyreWWE on #WWERaw. pic.twitter.com/v4jllyr6gZ
One step closer to being Ms. #MITB, A.S.H. @NikkiCrossWWE is on a ROLL! #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/rNJ93Ms9AA
Flying? Or falling with style?#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/LlkXN2Do9q
RIDDLE GOT CAUGHT!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/ar54SVDnJt
.@KingRicochet my dude! https://t.co/T8LgVtRJKN
Can @DMcIntyreWWE find his way towards redemption?
Can @AJStylesOrg show why he is Phenomenal?
Can @SuperKingofBros win it for his best bro @RandyOrton?
Will @ArcherOfInfamy actually take Riddle to @BurgerKing to try the new Ch’King Sandwich?
Find out NEXT on #WWERaw! pic.twitter.com/KaywzPqjvn
Ah so close, @AJStylesOrg!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/CdiqS2oHR9
MAKE WAY FOR DREW!@DMcIntyreWWE is ready for this Last Chance #MITB Triple Threat Match on #WWERaw. pic.twitter.com/Jm7PB4ntlL
NEXT WEEK on #WWERaw@AustinCreedWins is out for payback in a huge rematch against the All Mighty #WWEChampion @fightbobby! pic.twitter.com/hVJAh6gi3Y
What’s @DMcIntyreWWE‘s plan?
Slap @SuperKingofBros around
Kick @AJStylesOrg‘s head off
WIN the #MITB Ladder Match pic.twitter.com/0nTLytpR0d
TOMORROW NIGHT on #WWENXT
Which team will earn an opportunity to challenge @CandiceLeRae & @indi_hartwell for the @WWENXT #WomensTagTitles?
📺 8/7c @USA_Network pic.twitter.com/bqSsnZ8A72
The Original Viper? @SuperKingofBros channels his #RKBro cohort in a conversation with @ArcherOfInfamy. #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/ixDXmPTrtv
UP NEXT on #WWERaw@DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/zFGm0AVC51
But for real though, is that @SuperKingofBros OR is that @RandyOrton?!
You decide! Let us know!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/JnXtQoTArx
When @ArcherofInfamy invites you to @BurgerKing to try the new Ch’King Sandwich.
Whaddya say, @SuperKingofBros?!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/10xKZL39yP
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